sushi recommendation in Encino or Tarzana?
Our Thursday sushi foursome is looking for some place new. We normally hit the Studio City / Sherman Oaks area (Taka/Matsuda/Midori/Iwata) - but can venture further west for something new (but not Octopus....). Any and all suggestions would be most welcomed.....
If you want high-end, extremely fresh, traditional, and very expensive, try Sushi Iki in Tarzana. The fish is among the best you can find. However, the menu is a bit limited in terms of options and it is generally best for basic nigiri.
If you want things more in the Midori and Iwata, i.e., non-traditional and reasonably priced (but generally good), I would recommend Hirosuke in Encino. The baked green mussels, baked scallops over California roll, volcano, and yellowtail special rolls are among my favorite non-traditional rolls. People will recommend Katsu-Ya, but I think it is too expensive for what it is. There also is Sushi 4 on 6, but it never has really stood out to me.
17237 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
18663 Ventura Blvd Ste 106, Tarzana, CA 91356
If you must stay in that area, I would say go to Kushiyu.
However, I would recommend you go slightly further west and hit up Go's Mart for some of the best sushi in Los Angeles. Seriously.
22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA
Sushi Ichiban Kan is owned by the chef who used to own Hirosuke, the Encino sushi place I mentioned in my earlier post. I actually prefer Ichiban Kan in terms of decor and quality (since Hiro left Hirosuke, the fish has dropped a little in quality), but I was trying to stick to the Encino/Tarzana location. If the OP is willing to go to Corbin, I would definitely recommend Ichiban Kan.
RacerX and Jwsel...I completely agree with your recommendation of Sushi Ichiban Kan in Woodland Hills. We enjoyed a delicious lunch there yesterday. The space is very open, modern and clean. It was a Tuesday and there were only a handful of diners. Our service was perfectly attentive and our tea cups were always full! Our chef -- not Hirosuke, although he was there serving others at the bar -- was very tuned into our requests.
The fish was excellent: very fresh with tasty adornments (yuzu paste, ponzu, radish). There was nothing in our orders that we would not order again.
Over the years, I have tried all of the other sushi bars mentioned on this post...many multiple visits. Each bar has its own followers and merits, but as the new kid on the block, Sushi Ichiban Kan appears to be able to compete. I look forward to a return visit!
I highly recommend Sushi Spot. We've been going there for many years and the owner, Taku, is serious - if the shrimp is dead he won't serve it to you. But, as a sign of the times he'll do all the wierd rolls if pressed. Go's Mart is good, (Go is the brother of Megu of Sushi Agoura) but I find very expensive (with pretentions) - he uses a lot of gold leaf, in my expeience.